Wednesday, June 15, 2011


When I was a kid my family had a pretty meager VHS collection. We did, however, own a copy of Groundhog Day which I watched over and over again, sometimes trying to count the number of times Bill Murray has to experience the same day. (It’s impossible by the way).

For the most part, it’s easy to ignore the passage of time in movies and novels. Some take place over the course of months, years, decades or generations. But tomorrow we celebrate Bloomsday, a day set aside to honor James Joyce’s novel Ulysses and the novel's hero Leopold Bloom. Joyce's quintessential text journeys all over Dublin on June 16th as Bloom experiences a Homer-like odyssey. Ulysses doesn't make for the greatest beach read ever but here are other one-day novels which might interest you:

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